A new bus route connecting the Village of Richmond with the Fox Lake Metra Station begins Monday, March 9. Route 809 Richmond – Fox Lake will operate two round trips on weekdays timed to meet trains on Metra’s Milwaukee District North Line. Connections can also be made in Fox Lake to Pace Route 806 Crystal Lake – Fox Lake, which provides weekday service between the Fox Lake town center and the Crystal Lake Metra Station, and to Route 570 Fox Lake – CLC, which operates on weekdays between the Fox Lake Metra Station and the College of Lake County via Round Lake and Grayslake.
“This is our first new fixed bus route in McHenry County in many years, and it provides an important link for commuters identified in the County’s 2040 Transportation Plan because of all of the growth and development taking place in Richmond,” said Pace Chairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski. “We are grateful to McHenry County for its partnership on planning and implementing this new route and to the RTA for its funding support to begin operations.”
The base adult fare is $1.75, payable with cash (exact fare required), a Ventra Card, or with a contactless credit or debit card. Pace also sells monthly passes, and Metra Monthly Ticket holders can purchase a PlusBus pass for $30 that is valid for one month of unlimited rides on Pace.
In Richmond, the route circulates through the town center via South, Covell, and Broadway streets (serving the public parking lot on Broadway) before heading to Fox Lake via U.S. Route 12. Customers can board anywhere along the route where it is safe for buses to stop
Half of the route’s operating costs will be paid through a grant from the RTA’s Innovation, Coordination and Enhancement (ICE) program, with the balance coming from fares and Pace funds. More information about Route 809- including the map and schedule- is posted at PaceBus.com.